On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, the Panel for Education Policy approved a new policy that permits students to bring cell phones and other electronic devices to school. Under the guidelines of this revised Regulation, our School Leadership Team has determined an implementation option that best meets the needs of our school community:


P.S. 116 recognizes that many parents/guardians want to ensure they are able to reach their children on their way to and from school. In response to these needs, P.S. 116 students may bring to school, at the discretion of their parents/guardians, the following items:

  • cell phones,

  • computing devices, and

  • portable music and entertainment systems.


All devices must remain in the “off” position and kept secured in the student’s backpack. Devices may only be used while off school premises. If any device is visible or audible on school grounds (including the school yard) during the school day, on a school-sanctioned field trip, or during an on-site after-school program, a staff member will take possession of the device. The device will then be logged and secured in the Main Office, and only a parent or legal guardian will be permitted to pick it up. The school cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to any electronic devices brought to P.S. 116.


Students who use cell phones, computing devices, and/or portable music and entertainment systems in violation of any provision of the Discipline Code, the school’s policy, Chancellor’s Regulation A-413, and/or the DOE’s Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy will be subject to discipline in accordance with the guidance interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the Discipline Code.